It was a great weekend. Saturday I was privileged to officiate at the wedding of a truly outstanding young couple, Michael and Brittany Moreland. Sunday I preached twice at Abundant Life Church in Garland, Texas, where my friend of over twenty years, Glynn Davis, serves as pastor. There is a wonderful sense of expectancy at that church. It’s been a long time since I’ve seen a congregation show such compassionate concern and ministry to one another. The Global Leadership Summit was fantastic. Bill Hybels shared the gospel with that diverse audience in such a winsome, powerful way. Here are a few take-aways from three great leaders of the church. (These are not word-for-word quotes. They are from notes taken in the sessions where these men spoke.)
Bill Hybels: One of the great intangibles of leadership is grit – unrelenting, long-term tenacity. The enemy of grit is ease. One way to grow grit is by intentional physical exertion. Challenge yourself. Don’t just deliver. Over-deliver.
Another intangible of leadership is resourcefulness – high learning agility. Figure out a way forward.
Brian Houston: Even in the midst of great personal pain and disappointment, keep focused and keep believing God for great things.
Craig Groeschel: You can expand your leadership capacity. You’re capable of more than you think you are capable of. Leadership capacity is expanded by growth in the areas of confidence, connections, competency, character, and commitment. “Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all that we ask or imagine, according to the power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever!” (Ephesians 3:20).
Why not take a step right now in becoming a more fruitful leader? Plan now to attend the next Global Leadership Summit, August 11-12, 2016. www.willowcreek.com/summit.